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  • 1st February 2007

    Mary Cheney stands up for her bump 1

    Vice President Cheney has always been publicly supportive of his younger daughter.

    5:22 PM — The daughter of US Vice President Dick Cheney has spoken publicly about her pregnancy, calling her child a blessing from God.While the imminent birth of a grandchild for Mr Cheney would not at first seem a matter of public controversy, Mary Cheney is gay.Conservative and Christian groups have questioned whether Ms Cheney and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, will make suitable parents.

  • Australian government propose new homophobic law 3

    In December 2005 Australia's right-wing Prime Minister ruled out ever recognising gay marriages.

    4:50 PM — The federal government of Australia is to bring forward legislation that will ensure that foreign children adopted by a same-sex couples will not be recognised as having two parents.An amendment the Family Law Act will bar any legal recognition in Australia of adoptions by same-sex couples which have taken place in other countries.Senator Andrew Bartlett and gay activist Rodney Croome drew attention to the proposed new law on their blogs.

  • Archbishop still hopeful about adoption opt-out 10

    Roman Catholic prelates had asked the government to exclude church-run adoption agencies from the regulations.

    3:16 PM — One of the Roman Catholic church's most senior figures has said he is still confident that the church's followers will be able to opt-out of new gay rights laws.The Archbishop of Birmingham said that he is still hopeful of a "common sense solution" to the issue.On Monday the Prime Minister announced that there would be no exemptions to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • Jews urged to fight gay rights laws 1

    There is no consensus among the various denominations of Judaism in the UK about the proposed anti-discrimination legislation.

    2:38 PM — The Federation of Synagogues has called on Jews to fight the Sexual Orientation Regualtions due to come before Parliament this month.A spokesman for the federation described the idea of gay couples adopting children as "terrifying."The Jewish adoption agency Norwood, the only one in England, told PinkNews.co.uk last week that they were not interested in seeking an exemption from the regulations.

  • Putin: gays responsible for low birth rate 3

    Earlier this week the mayor vowed to ban a Pride march in Moscow planned for May 27th.

    12:30 PM — The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, avoided a question about the comments by Moscow's mayor that gay people are Satanic.Instead Mr Putin joked that Russia's low birth rate may be due to homosexual people.At a news conference in the Kremlin, the President gave his backing to mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has spoken of his hatred for gay and lesbian people on many occasions.

  • Blair questioned again by police over honours

    The “cash for honours“ scandal started when it emerged that wealthy donors to the Labour party had been encouraged to loan rather than donate money to the party.

    12:15 PM — Last Friday the Prime Minister was questioned for a second time by Scotland Yard detectives investigating the alleged sale of peerages to Labour party donors.A No 10 spokesman confirmed this morning that Mr Blair was questioned at Downing St by Metropolitan Police detectives.The interview lasted for less than an hour.

  • University could ban civil partnerships

    The UCU Branch Equality Officer claims the decision was motivated by the Anglican belief that homosexuality is incompatible with the bible.

    11:55 AM — Academics at Canterbury Christ Church University are angry about a possible ban on civil partnership ceremonies being conducted on university premises.A meeting of the institution's branch of trades union UCU on Tuesday called on the three administrators who have proposed the ban to withdraw it or resign.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England.

  • Gay charity furious at local MPs over adoption 10

    The motion in support of a Catholic exemption from Richard Younger-Ross, which has now been signed by 18 other MPs.

    11:14 AM — The Intercom Trust has criticised MPs from the south west of England for signing an Early Day Motion calling for a exemption from anti-discrimination legislation for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.As reported on PinkNews.co.uk last week, Teignbridge MP Richard Younger-Ross tabled the motion in the House of Commons. The Lib Dem was supported by party colleague Colin Breed (South East Cornwall) and Tory Gary Streeter (South West Devon).

  • African activists attack OutRage! tactics 1

    Mr Tatchell hit back, saying that only a minority of African gay groups had signed the letter, and that most had refused.

    10:44 AM — A group of 20 gay and lesbian activists from ten African countries have attacked the tactics of direct action campaigning group OutRage!In a strongly-worded statement they accuse the group, whose most public spokesman is Peter Tatchell, of having, "disrespected the lives, damaged the struggle, and endangered the safety of African human rights defenders."

  • 12-year-old trans child – a clarification 1

    The transgender pride flag

    9:50 AM — Transsexual activist Persia West has asked PinkNews.co.uk to publish the following clarification of her comments on the reported case of a 12-year-old child in Austria who underwent gender reassignment treatment:"It is entirely normal for a transsexual person to know that they are trans at an early age, even before the age of 12, as is the case of the young person in Vienna which has been given publicity recently.

  • 31st January 2007

    London unites with Riga Pride

    Chair of Riga Pride Kristine Garina said she was delighted by the agreement to twin with London.

    5:14 PM — The gay and lesbian communities of London and Riga are to come together in a unique twinning partnership to support equality and tolerance in the two capital cities.Pride London and the Mayor of London will sign a statement of unity with Riga Pride at a ceremony in the Latvian capital next month.Last July the gay and lesbian community in Riga were banned from celebrating Pride and suffered violent oppression from homophobic mobs.

  • Two Jags says he is demob-happy

    The 68-year-old, who has been Deputy Prime Minister since 1997, has stood up for gay rights on several occasions.

    4:53 PM — John Prescott has told MPs that he is enjoying the "happy demob stage" of his career, as he faced more questions in the House of Commons about what his current role in government consists of.Mr Prescott, who revealed earlier this month that as a young man he was wary of homosexuals, has been an MP for 36 years.It is widely anticipated that he will stand down from the deputy role when Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves office later this year.

  • Canada lifts same-sex immigration ban 1

    In July 2005, under the previous Liberal government, Canada became the fourth country in the world to allow gay and lesbian couples to get married.

    3:27 PM — Canadians who married their gay or lesbian partners abroad will now be able to sponsor their immigration to Canada.The government has rescinded a policy that banned same-sex married couples from being treated equally to heterosexual spouses.Opposition MP Bill Siksay announced on Tuesday that the government had decided to remove the discriminatory immigration directive and treat gay and straight couples equally in this regard.

  • Ruth Kelly to seek re-election in marginal seat 4

    At the 2005 general election, Ms Kelly's majority was 2,064, or 5% of the total votes cast.

    12:33 PM — The Communities Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has confirmed that she will be contesting the constituency she currently represents at the next general election.There had been rumours that Ms Kelly would abandon Bolton West for the safer Bolton South East constituency, whose sitting MP is retiring at the next election.She is the cabinet minister with the most marginal seat.

  • Gay Mexican granted asylum in the US

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said the will not appeal the case.

    10:57 AM — A 38-year-old man has been granted asylum in the United States after a court accepted he would be persecuted if he returned to Mexico.Jorge Soto Vega entered the USA illegally in 1988, and had previously had an asylum application turned down by a judge who said he would have had to make his sexuality obvious to face persecution.At an immigration hearing on Tuesday Mr Vega was finally told he can remain in America.

  • 30th January 2007

    Tony Blair’s fundraiser arrested again

    The arrest of Lord Levy, a close friend of the Prime Minister, is another blow for Mr Blair.

    6:47 PM — One of the Prime Minister's closest allies has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.Lord Levy, who is Mr Blair's special envoy to the Middle East, was first arrested last July and released on bail in connection with an investigation by the Metropolitan Police into the alleged selling of peerages.

  • Homophobic teen gang attack Jersey couple

    The police arrested three of the gang at the scene.

    4:20 PM — Police on the island of Jersey have arrested three teenagers after two men were attacked by a gang in the centre of St Helier at the weekend.The men, both in their 30s, were first verbally assaulted by the mob at around midnight on Sunday night, reports the Jersey Evening Post. Around half an hour later their paths crossed that of the gang again and there was a confrontation.

  • Gay activists welcome first EU equality summit

    The Eurobarometer data for the UK found that 48% of respondents felt that discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is widespread in this country.

    2:43 PM — European and UK gay rights organisations have welcomed the first EU summit on equality, which began in Brussels today.450 delegates from across Europe launched the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All at the summit, which is a joint initiative by the European Commission and the German Presidency of the EU.Representatives from the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) are attending.

  • G from DG blasts Vatican attitudes

    DolceGabbana's designs are particularly popular with movie stars.

    1:48 PM — Stefano Gabbana, of DolceGabbana fame, has rounded on the Vatican for trying to stop Italian gay and lesbian people getting equal rights.The designer, in an interview with newspaper La Stampa, argued that the Roman Catholic church is trying to fight against love itself.Mr Gabbana was the sexual as well as design partner of Domenico Dolce for 19 years.

  • Gay MP questions adoption compromise 10

    Mr Williams, currently the only out gay LibDem MP, today tabled an Early Day Motion supporting the IDAHO campaign.

    1:15 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams has expressed scepticism about the long period of exemption from the new Sexual Orientation Regulations that the government has granted to Roman Catholic adoption agencies."I think the Prime Minister's decision is welcome."There should be no exemptions," he told PinkNews.co.uk

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